Lately, I've had a mouth full of New Mexican cuisine. This cuisine features Native American, Mexican, anglo and Spanish flavors, combined with the all-important chili pepper. In fact, "red or green?" is the most common question you'll be asked in New Mexico. I can't choose between red or green, so I order 'christmas', a combination of both. Dori prefers green. Dori and I both agree that New Mexico is the epitome of adobe-style infrastructure. Adobe homes are everywhere, conjuring Native American and Old Spanish ghosts. New Mexico is definitely an important part of the Southwest. When I dream of a sort of "Utopian Southwest", I dream of a place where there are saguaros from Arizona, Red Rocks from Utah, Joshua Trees from Nevada, clouds from the 4 corners, and the Rio Grande of New Mexico, dotted with perfect little adobes along the bank. Most people will fly into Vegas and then drive to the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park before going home content they saw the jewel of the American Southwest. There is no one jewel. This is 50,000 square miles of raw supernatural paradise. Its a wild and remote world that for a moment, if traveled right, can isolate each one of us from humanity.